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September 2016


From Computational Complexity

Who's Afraid

The playwright Edward Albee passed away earlier this month at the age of 88. I had never actually seen any of his plays so I took the opportunity to watch the 1966 movie Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?based on the play.



The…


From Putting People First

Health as a social movement

Health as a social movement

screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-09-41-56Last week, the UK innovation charity Nesta launched a new report, Health as a Social Movement: The Power of People in Movements. It illuminates the value and role of health social movements and aims to foster debate, experiments…


From Phys.org Technology News

Firm hopes to be 1st with skill-based slots

Firm hopes to be 1st with skill-based slots

A New York firm hopes to be the first in the world to install skill-based slot machines on casino floors in which the main determining factor in how much a player can win is his or her ability to play the game.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tapping Into Tribal Knowledge

Tapping Into Tribal Knowledge

Had not heard the term 'Tribal Knowledge'. But OK, call it a means of sharing key knowledge within a company, from its own internal experts, external sources, written documents, external consulting and beyond. And effectively…


From Schneier on Security

Brian Krebs DDoS

Brian Krebs DDoS

Brian Krebs writes about the massive DDoS attack against his site. In fact, the site is down as I post this....


From insideHPC

Baidu Research Announces DeepBench Benchmark for Deep Learning

Baidu Research Announces DeepBench Benchmark for Deep Learning

baidu"Deep learning developers and researchers want to train neural networks as fast as possible. Right now we are limited by computing performance," said Dr. Diamos. "The first step in improving performance is to measure it, so we…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Seeking Open AI Again

Seeking Open AI Again

A market place for artificial intelligence solutions. Open AI. Mentioned previously, have not seen any implementations using this as yet. What aspects of such systems are 'open'? The algorithmic elements or how they are…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Software Booming

AI Software Booming

Short NYT piece that mentions a number of AI software efforts. But this seems to be a mix of analytics and data science with Cognitive/AI. True these two domains will often be mixed in application, but they should be separately…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Geofencing External Spaces

Geofencing External Spaces

Thomson Reuters Takes Over Grand Central Station
'Hyper-Mega' Campaign Targets Business Commuters
By Kate Maddox

In an effort to reach its target audience of influential business executives in New York City, Thomson Reuters is

The…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IOT Research Report

IOT Research Report

Lopez Research group report, via Cisco. report requires registration.

" ... Improve Business Operations with the IoT ....The Internet of Things can help you improve business efficiency, control intelligence from a wide range…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

White House to Invest Over $80 Million Dollars in the Smart Cities Initiative

White House to Invest Over $80 Million Dollars in the Smart Cities Initiative

To kick off the start of Smart Cities Week, the White House has announced that it is expanding its Smart Cities initiative, by adding over $80 million dollars in new federal investments and doubling the number of participating…


From insideHPC

Register Now for GPU Mini-Hackathon at ORNL Nov. 1-3

Register Now for GPU Mini-Hackathon at ORNL Nov. 1-3

hackathonOak Ridge National Lab is hosting a 3-day GPU Mini-hackathon led by experts from the OLCF and Nvidia. The event takes place Nov. 1-3 in Knoxville, Tennessee. "General-purpose Graphics Processing Units (GPGPUs) potentially offer…


From insideHPC

Earlham Institute Tests Green HPC from Verne Global in Iceland

Earlham Institute Tests Green HPC from Verne Global in Iceland

vgiceland"As more organizations turn to high performance computing to process large data sets, demand is growing for scalable and secure data centre solutions. The source, availability and reliability of the power grid infrastructure …


From insideHPC

University of Tokyo to Deploy IME14K Burst Buffer on Reedbush Supercomputer

University of Tokyo to Deploy IME14K Burst Buffer on Reedbush Supercomputer

Reedbush SupercomputerToday DDN Japan announced that the University of Tokyo and the Joint Center for Advanced High Performance Computing (JCAHPC) has selected DDNs burst buffer solution IME14K for their new Reedbush supercomputer. " Many problems…


From insideHPC

Radio Free HPC Looks for the Forever Data Format

Radio Free HPC Looks for the Forever Data Format

bubble4In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team discuss Henry Newmans recent editorial calling for a self-descriptive data format that will stand the test of time. Henry contends that we seem headed for massive data loss unless we act…


From Computer Science Teacher Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 26 September 2016

Interesting Links 26 September 2016

We celebrated my grandsons second birthday yesterday. Somehow I couldnt get into putting this post together afterwards. It felt like work. Having grandchildren changes perceptions. But now I am at work and have things to avoid…


From insideHPC

Quantum Powers Petascale Storage at Two Major European Research Institutions

Quantum Powers Petascale Storage at Two Major European Research Institutions

gwdgToday Quantum Corp. announced that two of Europes premier research institutions are using the companys StorNext workflow storage as the foundation for managing their growing data and enabling a range of scientific initiatives…


From Putting People First

[Book] The Stuff of Bits

[Book] The Stuff of Bits

The Stuff of Bits An Essay on the Materialities of Information By Paul Dourish MIT Press, April 2017 264 pages The central topic of The Stuff of Bits is the materialities of information. This term often brings to mind the materiality…


From Writing

Why we use Terraform and not Chef, Puppet, Ansible, SaltStack, or CloudFormation

Why we use Terraform and not Chef, Puppet, Ansible, SaltStack, or CloudFormation

If you search the Internet for infrastructure-as-code (IAC), its pretty easy to come up with a list of the most popular tools: Chef, Puppet, Ansible, SaltStack, CloudFormation, and Terraform. Whats not easy is figuring out which…


From The Eponymous Pickle

KM World

KM World

Was recently re-introduced. http://www.kmworld.com/Had read it for years, but not recently.

KMWorld is the leading publisher, conference organizer, and information provider serving the knowledge management, content management…


From Gdel's Lost Letter and P=NP

A Creeping Model Of Computation

Local rules can achieve global behavior Sarah Cannon is a current PhD student in our Algorithms, Combinatorics, and Optimization program working with Dana Randall. Sarah has a newly-updated paper with Dana and Joshua Daymude


From The Eponymous Pickle

Why and How is Watson a Cognitive System?

Why and How is Watson a Cognitive System?

Jim Spohrer sends along a link to a talk by Rob High, IBM Chief Technology Officer, Fellow and Vice President, Does a good job of discussing why Watson is cognitive, unique, and why it differs from previous attempts at delivering…


From The Eponymous Pickle

High Cost of eFullfillment

High Cost of eFullfillment

In particular an interesting example, because I buy Tide Pods via Amazon Dash.

" ... Supply Chain Digest ...Supply Chain News Bites
Supply Chain Graphic of the Week: The Very High Cost of eFulfillment Profitable In-Store Products…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Robots and Assistants Will Replace Tasks in Jobs

Robots and Assistants Will Replace Tasks in Jobs

This is obvious. Jobs are a set of tasks. Tasks are what are replaced. Course it can often mean that they will do the job faster and better, needing fewer people to do the jobs. Employers will be pressured by costs to do that…


From insideHPC

SGI and ANSYS Achieve New World Record in HPC

SGI and ANSYS Achieve New World Record in HPC

Gas Combustor 830M cell Model Courtesy of ANSYSOver at the ANSYS Blog, Tony DeVarco writes that the company worked with SGI to break a world record for HPC scalability. "Breaking last years 129,024 core record by more than 16,000 cores, SGI was able to run the ANSYS provided…


From insideHPC

Intel Xeon Phi Boosts Supercomputing at NCI in Australia

Intel Xeon Phi Boosts Supercomputing at NCI in Australia

xeonphiThe National Computational Infrastructure in Canberra, Australias national advanced computing facility, is the first Australian institution to deploy the latest generation of Intel Xeon Phi processors, formerly code named Knights…


From Putting People First

Three new reports on behavioural science applied to policy making

Three new reports on behavioural science applied to policy making

sbstEuropean Commission There is growing recognition that behavioural insights (BIs) by shedding light on how people actually make choices help deliver more effective policies and complement traditional forms of intervention. The…


From Writing

A Comprehensive Guide to Terraform

A Comprehensive Guide to Terraform

Today, we are kicking off a series of blog posts on how to define and manage infrastructure-as-code in the real world using Terraform. If you havent used it before, Terraform is an open source tool that allows you to define infrastructure…


From updated sporadically at best

Some of My Niceness Role Models

Some of My Niceness Role Models

Yesterday my friend Grzegorz asked me if I knew how to prevent promising students from becoming "brilliant jerks," and I opened up this question to the Internet because I didn't know. One theme in the responses is to set a good…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Retail Algorithmic Merchandising

Retail Algorithmic Merchandising

In the Gartner blog: On algorithmic merchandising. Good thoughts in the importance of data, process and analysis used with more concise and repeatable algorithmic methods.

" ... By 2020, merchant leaders will be algorithms…

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